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Caring for Clergy: Understanding a Disconnected Network of Providers Kindle Edition
Like Aaron and Hur who lifted the arms of Moses during battle (Exodus 17), this book highlights the critical work of clergy care providers in America. These individuals and organizations support clergy by providing counseling, coaching, spiritual direction, funding, hospitality, education, and benefits upon which clergy rely. Their ministry strengthens congregations and has the capability to produce an exponential return for the kingdom of God. Yet, these providers are often disconnected.
Our groundbreaking national research reveals gaps in the training, qualifications, and formational experiences of clergy care providers. We note differences in language that hinder effective communication as well as significant disparities in the literature that informs clergy care. Addressing these disconnects has the potential to improve the lives of clergy and the congregations and communities clergy serve. Whether you are a clergy care provider, a clergyperson, or a lay leader, we invite you to respond. Working together, we envision a connected network of providers offering more effective support for clergy and improving the congregations and communities they serve.
--Matt Bloom, University of Notre Dame
"Founded upon the sound use of previous research into the topic of clergy self-care, this book goes on to offer not only recently obtained information, but more importantly, an examination of novel avenues for further investigation. Austin and Comeau add new and exciting areas for discussion and investigation that hold possibilities for the real and lasting improvement in the lives of the diverse body of Christian clergy."
--Melinda Contreras-Byrd, licensed psychologist, AME Church pastor
"Seismic changes are reshaping congregational life in America, leaving clergy anxious and vulnerable. In this timely and well-researched book, Austin and Comeau assess the quality of care offered by clergy service providers. Their findings are illuminating and sobering. This book is a wake-up call for the church to make clergy care a priority; for the sake of congregational life as well as the integrity of the Christian faith."
--William Enright, founding director emeritus, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving
"Caring for Clergy is essential reading for all those who seek to contribute to creating the
conditions for thriving pastoral ministry. This comprehensive look at programing from across the country sheds light on what is effective, what should be avoided, and how best to support the people that support an entire worshiping community. Austin and Comeau have gifted judicatories, divinity schools, and foundations with a wonderful resource for clergy formation."
--Robb Webb, director of Rural Church, The Duke Endowment
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Katie R. Comeau is a Research Associate at Duke Divinity's Ormond Center. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B0BBMNY3B1
- Publisher : Cascade Books, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers (August 22, 2022)
- Publication date : August 22, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 7242 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 244 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #866,949 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2022
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If you are actively working within systems that try to support clergy, this book is outstanding at revealing blindspots and granting a wider vision of the diversity of entities that feed into the clergy care system. The authors do a good job pairing rigorous research with analysis that is approachable for a wide range of audiences.
This book is not a "how to" on caring for clergy well-being or flourishing. Rather, it's one of those rare texts that addresses the systems necessary in order to effect the kind of impact that all of us within the field want to see. Better yet, it utilizes legit research to guide their work. Caring for Clergy is a critical first step in building wholistic systems for the good of clergy which will have a ripple effect across American congregations. I'm grateful this book was released as I step into this work for my denomination.
By Sarah E on September 16, 2022